Monday, September 13, 2010
I was having such a lovely day today. I got up at 4 a.m. and did a little housekeeping. Then I went back to bed. I was up again at 7:00 to start my day. I did an early morning errand and then we started an extra special day of school, with two of the children.
I stacked up all our 1800's textbooks - McGuffey Readers, Harvey's Grammar, Ray's Arithmetic, Spencer's Penmanship, and McGuffey Spellers. I went through each of these books with the children.
I had them do spell-offs by having one child at each of our chalkboards. Then we did math-offs (smiles) which were brisk verbal math drills. The children had to write down their answers on a piece of paper and quickly show me. We did our Grammar lesson, penmanship and then I had Amy (15) begin reading to us. It was a long reading. She paused and asked, "How long shall I read?" I started to lay my head on the table and said, smiling, "until we fall asleep."
Then I had to run out the door for another errand. . . Home again and time for lunch. I put some laundry in the wash and then had to rush out for another unexpected errand. After I got home, I felt very sleepy. I laid down for "just a few minutes," and was soon asleep.
A few hours later, I was awake and horrified! I had fallen asleep on the job! (smiles) I really had to hustle. Supper needed to be made. A child needed to be picked up from a class. But it seemed to be okay. That is, until I realized the laundry had been neglected. I had to dry a pair of jeans for my husband!! He had something important to do and I only had 40 minutes to get them dry.
If only I had stayed awake instead of napped! (smiles). At least all is well now. I managed to get the rest of my work finished. Now I am sitting in a comfortable chair, wearing a cozy, warm house-robe. I am content and settled and refreshed.
I will drink some hot chocolate and I will read for a bit. Then I will go to bed early!!
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